Over 111,500 Vietnamese Laborers Sent Abroad in 2023
On October 17, in Hanoi, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs held a press conference to announce the results of policy implementation in the fields of labor, people with meritorious services, and society through the first 9 months of 2023.
Sending Vietnamese workers abroad: Reaching the target 3 months ahead
At the press conference, Mr. Nguyen Hoang Vinh Thanh, Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Finance (Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs), informed the number of laborers sent abroad under contracts in the first 9 months of 2023.
Accordingly, the total number of Vietnamese laborers sent abroad is more than 111,500 people, reaching more than 101% of the 2023 plan. Some markets that attract the most Vietnamese workers are Japan, Korea, and Taiwan (China)…
This figure is equal to 108% compared to the same period in 2022. It is estimated that in 2023, Vietnam will send about 125,000 laborers abroad to work under contracts, reaching 104% of the plan.
|Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha spoke at the press conference (Photo: Thoi Dai).
Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha was proud of the results. “While there are 3 months until the end of 2023, the work of sending laborers abroad under contracts has exceeded the target of the whole year. This is good news in the context of the global market just recovering after the Covid-19 pandemic...”.
It is estimated that the labor recruitment needs of businesses in the first 9 months of 2023 is still higher than the rate of unemployment. The number of newly established businesses is higher than the number of businesses withdrawing from the market, thereby contributing to creating more jobs for workers.
Also at the press conference, a representative of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs announced that the average monthly income in the first 9 months of the year for domestic workers was VND 7 million, an increase of 6.8%, equivalent to VND 451,000 compared to the same period last year.
According to Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha, in the past 9 months, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has deployed synchronously, flexibly, drastically, and effectively several solutions in adjusting the labor market to be flexible, modern, effective, and sustainable, with a focus on ensuring sustainable jobs and livelihoods.
|“In general, in the first 9 months of the year, the labor force aged 15 and over is 52.3 million people, an increase of 760,000 people over the same period last year. The labor force participation rate is 68%, and 51.2 million people have a job”, said Mr. Nguyen Hoang Vinh Thanh.
|Many results in the fields of labor, people with meritorious services and society were announced at the meeting (Photo: Thoi Dai).
Preparing human resources for the semiconductor industry
Also at the meeting, Trinh Thu Nga, Deputy Director of the Institute of Labor Sciences and Social Affairs (Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs), said that human resources in the semiconductor industry in Vietnam have many opportunities.
This is further confirmed after US President Joe Biden visit to Vietnam in September 2023. One of the areas of cooperation agreed upon during the visit is that the US supports cooperation in developing the semiconductor and chip industry in Vietnam.
According to Trinh Thu Nga, recently, Vietnam had to import many semiconductor chips due to the lack of domestic production manpower in this field. In the coming time, Nga estimates that Vietnam needs about 10,000 engineers in the field of semiconductors and microchips, but it only reaches 20%.
“Aware of this problem, in August 2023, the Government issued Resolution 124 requiring ministries and branches to launch a project to develop human resources for the semiconductor industry by 2030, expected to train 30,000-50,000 people for this field," said Deputy Director of the Institute of Science and Labor.
|Trinh Thu Nga, Deputy Director of the Institute of Labor Sciences and Social Affairs, Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (Photo: Thoi Dai).
In training, vocational education institutions under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and many universities have begun piloting the application of separate admission codes for the circuit design industry. In the immediate future, Nga suggested training institutions and businesses to organize short-term training courses for students in information technology.
In addition, on-site training at working workplace is also mentioned as one solution to meet the high demands of new industries. “Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs is also collaborating with many FDI enterprises to provide on-site training for laborers in Thai Nguyen, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh...," said Nga.
Nga also urged domestic businesses to adjust policies to attract foreign high-quality human resources. At the same time, the system of employment service centers needs to further strengthen labor market information to meet the market demand for high-quality manpower in the semiconductor industry.
Unemployment rate in urban areas: Generally, for the first 9 months of 2023, the unemployment rate in urban areas is 2.55%. Estimated for 2023, the rate is 2.76%, reaching the target.
Rate of trained workers: In the first 9 months of 2023, the rate of trained workers is about 67.7%; and the rate of trained workers with degrees and certificates reached 26.8%. Estimated for 2023, the rate of trained workers will reach about 68%; of which, the rate of trained workers with degrees and certificates is about 27-27.5%.
Poverty rate: It is estimated that the rate of poor households according to the multidimensional poverty standard at the end of 2023 will decrease by about 1.1% compared to the end of 2022, reaching the target.
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